Hockey Ireland has abandoned this year’s EY Hockey Leagues due to Covid-19.

The decision to curtail the season came after a meeting of the hockey board on Wednesday.

A Hockey Ireland statement said: “Following a meeting of the Board on the 3rd of February, Hockey Ireland has declared this year’s EY Hockey Leagues abandoned, due to the ongoing restrictions related to Covid-19.”

Eric Brady, Hockey Ireland chair, said the announcement had been “inevitable” and the governing body will now work with clubs to instigate alternative competition formats.

Brady said: “Unfortunately this has become an inevitable decision as Covid-19 continues to impact on all of our lives. We know that this is very disappointing for all clubs and players, but we simply no longer have the time to complete this year’s leagues.

“However, we are continuing to look at other avenues that may provide players and clubs with competitive hockey at some stage, should this become possible.”